Asthma ranks as an important public health issue in Wisconsin, and is routinely identified as a high priority in state and federal public health plans. Statewide asthma surveillance data demonstrate that such attention is warranted, and these data have helped identify populations where the burden of asthma in the state is particularly high.
DHS comprehensively addresses the burden of asthma through surveillance, partnerships, and interventions. Forming strong collaborations and partnerships with key asthma stakeholders around the state has been one of the program's greatest strengths over the past 15 years.
Living with Asthma Video
Living with Asthma: Families Speak (Adobe Connect, help)
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services, American Lung Association in Wisconsin and Wisconsin Asthma Coalition have developed this informational asthma video geared toward parents of children with asthma. The video features four families telling their asthma story along with professional commentary on the facts surrounding this chronic condition. The video discusses:
- What is asthma?
- Its symptoms and triggers
- Asthma action plans and asthma medicines
- The importance of good communication between families, doctors, school nurses, coaches, relatives, and others who take care of a child with asthma.
If you have any questions about the video, please contact the American Lung Association at 262-703-4200.
Wisconsin Asthma Plan 2015-2020
Recent changes in our health care delivery system have provided the Wisconsin
Asthma Coalition with new challenges and great opportunities to address asthma in a
comprehensive way. As detailed in the Wisconsin Asthma Plan 2015-2020 (PDF, 1.2 MB) , the
Wisconsin Asthma Coalition seeks to provide a seamless alignment of asthma services
across the public health and health care sectors. This plan provides the blueprint for
the public health and health care sectors to join efforts in their shared goal of
empowering people with asthma to live better and healthier lives.
Addressing persistent asthma-related health disparities is crucial for our success. This
plan includes goals and objectives to promote cultural competence and improve
health care access and continuity of care.
Burden of Asthma in Wisconsin, 2013
Burden of Asthma in Wisconsin, 2013 (P-45055) (PDF, 9.9 MB) This comprehensive statistical report about asthma in Wisconsin is an update of our 2010 burden report. The report includes information on the following topics:
- Who has asthma in Wisconsin?
- Factors associated with asthma
- Asthma management and quality of life
- Work-related asthma
- Health care utilization for asthma
- Asthma in government-funded programs
- Asthma mortality
- Meeting Healthy People 2020 Asthma Goals in Wisconsin
Local Data: See Asthma Facts and Figures specific to each local asthma coalition, on the Wisconsin Asthma Coalition page.
- Burden of Asthma in Wisconsin, 2010 (PDF, 8.1 MB)
- Burden of Asthma in Wisconsin, 2007 (PDF, 6.8 MB). Note: Corrections for errors found in the 2007 report since its publication can be seen in this errata sheet (PDF, 35 KB).
Wisconsin Guide to Asthma-Friendly Schools
The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to Wisconsin schools on ways to help students better manage their asthma. It is meant to assist school staff to better recognize asthma symptoms, reduce asthma triggers, and educate students on asthma self-management through various guides, handouts, and posters.
Wisconsin Guide to Asthma-Friendly Schools (P-01113) (PDF, 2.6 MB)
Wisconsin Asthma Program Publications
- Controlling Asthma in the Home: A Guide for Landlords and Tenants P-45108 (PDF, 151 KB) - A brochure to educate landlords and tenants of rental properties about basic asthma facts and statistics. It describes common asthma triggers found in the home, and provides easy steps a landlord/tenant can take to avoid/control these triggers.
- Outdoor Wood Boilers - Guidance for local government and public health officials on the use and regulation of outdoor wood boilers (OWBs).
- Work-related Asthma in Wisconsin (April 2009) (PDF, 1.1 MB)